How Hard to Press when Mewing?

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Mewing - Optimal Tongue Pressure for Effective Results

For those familiar with the art of mewing, the importance of maintaining tongue posture on the palate is clear.

However, there's a significant debate on the level of pressure one should exert. Soft mewing and hard mewing are two distinct approaches to mewing, each with its pros and cons.

   

Soft Mewing: Gentle and Gradual Progress

Soft mewing involves applying the minimal force required to ensure your tongue rests flat on the palate. Initially, there may be some discomfort, but it becomes more comfortable with practice. The force applied should be light and comfortable, only enough to place the tongue on the roof of the mouth.

The concept behind soft mewing is to gradually guide your midface upward and forward over time. While results won't manifest instantly, many mewers have reported significant improvements, particularly in neck and hyoid musculature, within as little as four months.

  

Cross-sectional diagrams comparing nasal passage changes before and after mewing, highlighting increased airflow.

    

Proper Tongue Placement Matters

There are virtually no downsides to soft mewing when performed correctly. Some individuals may experience tongue discomfort, but this is often due to incorrect technique, such as pushing the tongue outwards or allowing it to touch the teeth. To mitigate this, ensure your tongue touches the back of the palate without contacting the teeth. 

Top-down view of upper dental arches showing significant expansion after mewing, marked by an orange outline.

    

Hard Mewing: Potential Risks and Faster Rewards

Hard mewing involves applying as much force as possible to the palate without straining the tongue excessively.

It's important to take occasional breaks and switch to soft mewing if discomfort arises. This technique has sparked debate, with some praising its potential to yield quicker results. The theory behind hard mewing is that greater force accelerates midface movement.

However, hard mewing may lead to tongue strain, and while it shouldn't be painful, frequent breaks are necessary to avoid injury. If you experience pain, it's advisable to revert to soft mewing to prevent harm.

While some individuals claim success with hard mewing, it's essential to recognize that conclusive evidence is lacking. Results could be attributed to mewing in general rather than specifically to hard mewing. Dr. Mew himself hasn't fully endorsed hard mewing, suggesting that time may be more crucial than force.

  

Choosing Between Soft Mewing and Hard Mewing

For safety and long-term benefits, soft mewing is often the preferred choice. Hard mewing is generally discouraged for individuals under 18, as their developing bones are highly malleable, and effective results can be achieved through soft mewing.

There's no age limit for soft mewing; it can be practiced by adults as well. As the bones change with age, consistent soft mewing remains effective. Soft mewing promotes upward and forward growth, making it a suitable choice for most individuals.

Below is an image to illustrate how bones grow downwards through age, and it is thus important to mew to at least present further down growth.

X-ray images comparing the jaw and dental structure of a young female to an older female, illustrating bone density changes.
  

Soft mewing can be enhanced by incorporating a suction hold technique. This involves creating a vacuum between the hard palate and the tongue and is one of the most straightforward ways to practice soft mewing effectively.

In conclusion, the choice between soft mewing and hard mewing depends on individual preferences, age, and the comfort level. While soft mewing remains a widely accepted and effective approach, those seeking quicker results may experiment with hard mewing, always with caution and awareness of the potential risks involved.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the practice of mewing, when performed correctly and with the appropriate intensity, can have profound effects on facial structure and dental health. However, the intensity of mewing should be carefully modulated.

Overzealous or incorrect mewing techniques can lead to undue stress on the jaw and other oral structures, potentially causing more harm than benefit.

It is essential to follow guided techniques, perhaps under professional supervision, to ensure that the benefits of mewing are realized without adverse effects. Mewing is not just about applying force but about consistent, correct posture that promotes optimal growth and alignment.

 

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